Madison Saracen Development Team Returns in 2017

Jan 26, 2017 at 16:19
by Pinkbike Staff  

Aston Tutt, Harry Barrett, Riley Scott and James Elliott will form the 2017 Madison Saracen Development Team, headed up by Jack Geoghegan.

Madison Saracen Development team 2017

The quartet aged from 14 to 19 years old, will also get the opportunity to train alongside and receive advice from the Madison Saracen Factory Team – as well as pitting alongside them at the British Downhill Series.

Madison Saracen Development team 2017
Riley Scott

Madison Saracen started out in 2011 as a grassroots development team, with the aim of progressing riders from the highly competitive British scene onto the world cup podium. However, with its growing international presence, the team split into Factory and Development divisions.

Madison Saracen Development team 2017
James Elliott

With world cup podium performances from both Matt Simmonds and Manon Carpenter in 2014, junior, Matt Walker completed the pathway in 2016 when he stepped up to the Factory squad and won his first junior world cup in Cairns. For 2017 the development team starts afresh, with a team manager who has been on a development pathway of his own. Jack Geoghegan, part of the original team six years previous, has since taken on the role of brand manager at Saracen HQ and will also oversee the development team.

Madison Saracen Development team 2017
Harry Barrett

bigquotes Having been a part of the original line-up back in 2011, I can't wait to give something back. I can still remember how I felt when I lined up for those team photos way back. Having been involved in the development of the Saracen Myst - from racing the first generation to helping to create the latest carbon model - it has been an exciting journey and one I can't wait to continue.

I'm convinced the four riders we have chosen will have a big role to play in the future of an already storied history of great British downhill racers and that's a big motivation for both the Factory Team and myself.

I'm confident that all four are in a great place to learn and push their limits, with everything provided to be their best, with the ultimate opportunity to step onto the world stage.
- Jack Geoghegan

Madison Saracen Development team 2017
Aston Tutt

bigquotes I'm delighted to see a return of the Madison Saracen Development Team. We could see a hotbed of young talent emerging once again in the UK and Jack has seized the opportunity to help and support these great riders.

We have had a huge success with our development team riders in the past and I see once again the potential for us to develop UK talent right through to joining the Madison Saracen Factory Team, competing internationally. Right now though I hope they are ready for a fun season of racing and riding together and I can't wait to get on the hill and try to keep up with them!
- Will Longden, Team Manager of Madison Saracen Factory Team

Madison Saracen Development team 2017

Madison Saracen is gratefully supported by Madison Clothing, Saracen Bikes, Lazer, Bliss Protection, Maxxis, Shimano, Fox Suspension, PRO, Animal, DT Swiss, Dragon, Finish Line, Park Tool, Stealth, Ogio, MuleBar and Outdoor Tech.

For more information on the team, visit www.saracen.co.uk/team


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5 Comments

  • + 22
 Great work from Madison Saracen, investing in the stars of tomorrow. Trek have done the same with Kade Edwards, we need more of the big teams investing on the kids and bring them up through the ranks.
  • + 13
 Well done to Aston, Harry, Riley and James. Four very fast riders who are going to be all over the podium this season I'm sure. We had a great day at the Madison Saracen Development Team launch at Aston Hill and I can't wait to see you all racing later this year and as said previously great to see investment in the future of the sport well done Madison Saracen and good luck to you all.
  • + 6
 Nice one Harry! And the rest of the team
  • + 2
 Ive not met the other 3 but If Harry's speed, skill and determination is anything to go by, expect big things from these names!
  • + 1
 Young guys ride up at Aston Hill regularly. No idea if they're any good, can't keep up for long enough to tell....

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